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Acclaimed Paris surgeon Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) falls in love with stage actress Yvonne Orlac, and is heartbroken to learn that she recently married the famous concert pianist Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive). Stephen's hands are crushed in a train accident, and at Yvonne's request, Gogol performs surgery to save them... but unknown to the Orlacs, Gogol amputates and grafts on the hands of executed knife murderer Rollo. At first Orlac is disappointed to learn he may never play the piano again, but is soon horrified by a new-found fascination and skill with knives. Gogol inflames Stephen's mental instability, frames him for murder, and with Orlac out of the way, Gogol hopes to win the love of Yvonne.

Ted Healy plays an American reporter covering the execution of Rollo, who finds himself investigating Gogol's disposition of Rollo's body, and Stephen's murder case.

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Release Date
July 12, 1935
Production Type
Feature Film
67.7 min.
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Shooting Days:   24 days   From: 1935-05-06   To: 1935-06-01

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Posted 2003-10-15 08:31:00 by metaldams
Classic 1930's horror film, and like sickdrjoe said over two years ago, Ted Healy is pretty much the only weak leg this movie has. He really serves no point other than lame and unecessary comic relief. If you want a nice double feature, watch this one back to back with "M" and you'll have a great night being freaked out by Peter Lorre. He really does play some very disturbing characters, (in a good way). Also look out for Colin "It's alive" Clive.

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Posted 2001-03-05 08:39:00 by sickdrjoe
Second and last film directed by the great German cinematographer, Karl Freund (the other is Karloff classic THE MUMMY). Cameraman here is Hollywood legend Gregg Toland, who always cited Freund's influence in his own work. A slow-moving but visually beautiful horror film based on the perennial Hands of Orlac plot (man loses his hands in an accident and gets the hands of a freshly-executed serial killer grafted on, unbeknownst to him). This marks the memorable American debut of Peter Lorre as the shaven-headed, reptilian Dr Gogol; as always, he's great. MAD LOVE is one of the rare MGM horror films - they didn't make many, but they're all visually-striking and worth a look. The only drawback is Ted Healy. Not only is he wildly out of place in these settings, he's EXTREMELY unlikable. Anyone who caught the 'Lost Stooges' compliled by TCM a while back already knows that Healy was an anchor around the boys' necks; but without Moe, Larry & Curly, he literally brought nothing to the table. While his later murder was tragic, it's doubtful he'd've still been working by 1940. Harry Cohn may not have had Mayer's resources, but he was canny enough to know what part of the act had the talent.

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